Signatures Submitted for Michigan Scholarship Tax Credit Initiative – Ballotpedia News

The Let MI Kids Learn campaign submitted signatures Aug. 10 for a tax-credit scholarship program in Michigan.

The initiative, if approved, would provide income tax credits for contributions to organizations for scholarships. A complementary initiative, also supported by the Let MI Kids Learn campaign, would create the student scholarship program. A student scholarship would be a grant for certain eligible students who meet income or disability requirements, or children who are in foster care. The grant can be used for tuition, textbooks, school uniforms, and other educational expenses, including non-public education. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign has not yet submitted signatures for this companion initiative, but a spokesperson for the Let MI Kids Learn campaign, Amy Hawkins, said signatures for the companion initiative are coming soon.

“After school closures and loss of learning due to COVID, families are desperate for the change this proposal brings to Michigan education,” said Let MI Kids Learn campaign spokesperson Fred Wszolek. . “Michigan families will soon have more educational choices for their children than anywhere in America, and that’s good news for the future of our state.”

The Let MI Kids Learn campaign submitted 520,598 signatures to the Michigan Bureau of Elections. To place an initiative on the ballot in Michigan, 340,047 valid signatures are needed. However, the deadline for submitting signatures to qualify for the November 2022 ballot was June 1, so the initiative would not qualify for the 2022 general election, but for the 2024 general election. would occur if the measure were not previously approved by the legislator.

Of the twenty-one states that allow state insider statuses, nine states, including Michigan, use an indirect process for insider statuses. This means that after a campaign submits signatures and has the signatures verified, the initiative reverts to the state legislature. The state legislature then has 40 days to pass or reject the initiative. In Michigan, if the legislature approves the initiative, the governor does not have the power to veto it. If the legislature rejects the initiative, it is put to a ballot for voters to decide.

A spokesperson for the For MI Kids, For Our Schools campaign, which is leading the opposition to the measure, said the move would take funds away from public schools.

“Our local schools are struggling with a shortage of educators and a lack of mental health resources for our children,” said Casandra Ulbrich, “This voucher proposal will only make matters worse by taking away hundreds of millions of dollars each year to our local schools, and provide funding to private, for-profit schools that are not accountable to taxpayers.

The initiative will await the process of verification of signatures by the Elections Office. If there are at least 340,047 valid signatures, the measure will be submitted to the Michigan State Legislature for consideration.

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